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Wind tunnel tests weapons compatibility for B-1B.

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. (AFMCNS) -- Wind tunnel tests conducted at Arnold Engineering Development Center examined new weapon options for the B-1B Lancer.

The tests assessed the separation characteristics of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile from the B-1 aircraft and the Joint Standoff Weapon. Wind tunnel tests reduce the number of flight tests, scheduled to begin in October 2002, by 50 percent.

The JASSM and JSOW models were mounted on a moveable support system called a sting and positioned in the tunnel as close to the aircraft as it would be in flight. After the simulated flight conditions were reached, the munition model was launched from the B-1B model by activating the computer-controlled sting.

The JASSM is a precision cruise missile designed by Lockheed-Martin for launch outside area defenses. Containing a Global Positioning System and Inertial Navigation System, JASSM is capable of aim point detection, tracking and striking.

Under development by the Raytheon Co. for the Air Force and Navy, JSOW is a low-cost, 1,000-pound class launch-and-leave glide weapon with standoff capability. It will be used against a variety of targets and employs a Global Positioning System and Inertial Navigation System to allow day, night and adverse weather operations. These features will also permit the JSOW to operate from ranges outside enemy point defenses.
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Author:Nolan, Dave
Publication:Airman
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U6TN
Date:Dec 1, 2000
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